really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2003 Ford Econoline engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Econoline Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182007

Econoline 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We have a 2003 Ford Econoline van that ejected it's first spark plug this spring costing us towing and $500+ in repairs. Wednesday, it happened again, this time on the New York state thruway. We were forced to stand in a 10 foot piece of grass between 3 lanes of traffic and a rock cliff with 4 small children. After we managed to get 7 people packed into a tow truck and get to the nearest Ford dealership, we had to rent a car for 3 days and pay for yet another repair. I investigated and found out that this is a recurring defect in this type of Ford engines. I called the Ford Motor Company to see what can be done to repair the actual engine problem. I was told that my van is now fixed, so technically it is fine. I was also told that there is only a 50% chance that the problem may occur again and if it does I should call back. I want to know what recourse there is for someone who just doesn't want to drive around with their children in a known time bomb!

- West Warren, MA, USA

problem #1

May 012003


  • miles
2003 Econoline made a loud popping sound in the engine compartment, lost power shortly after. Vehicle later caught on fire. ** answer required*** after the noise was heard the driver pulled to vehicle onto the side of the road and that's when the driver noticed that the vehicle was on fire. The driver and firemen were injured while attempting to extinguish the fire. A recall was received in October 2004. The recall referenced safety recall 04S22 and 04S23.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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